Tod and Buz,working as ranch hands in a drought stricken area of Utah,befriend a desperate family.The family's farm does not have sufficient water to maintain the livestock.The family comes...
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Tod and Buz,working as ranch hands in a drought stricken area of Utah,befriend a desperate family.The family's farm does not have sufficient water to maintain the livestock.The family comes to realize that solving the problem in the short run may not be the only option.Written by
That distinctive name Overjack rang a 60-year old bell. I must have seen the episode on first showing since I was a fan of the series from the first. Now, on a second viewing, I'm really glad to share my appreciation of the entry. It's one of the series best, a richly human drama of a family hanging on amidst a bleak environment. The Paige family has had a cattle farm for generations and tradition is strong. Trouble is water from the well is giving out now and the prospects are bleak. But oldest brother Virg is too headstrong to contemplate selling and moving to where his younger siblings have a chance for a better life. After all, the only consolation in little Homer's life is his beloved mule, Overjack. Meanwhile, Buz and Tod are drawn in to helping fix the water well, the sole water source for the Paiges and their beloved critters. So, will the family be able to surmount this latest challenge and uphold the family tradition.
The barren visuals are riveting, including the isolated homestead, more like a shack. The plot's elemental enough not to require the usual contrivances and unfolds in seamless fashion. It really is man and woman against nature. Fortunately, the ending is thought-provoking and maybe even disturbing unlike the usual conventions of the day The drama's well acted, especially little Tony Haig as Homer. Truth be told, I did have trouble with beach bunny (Gidget) Deborah Walley as a farm girl. She's a shade too malt shop cute to be convincing. On the other hand actor Brinckerhoff could pass for Tony Perkins' younger brother. Overall, the 60-minutes is an occasionally wrenching human drama that I'm glad to revisit and share with others. Meanwhile, I'm still curious about that name Overjack.
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